With any higher mileage vehicle I generally try to carry some sort EM tool kit but I also lean heavily on the preventative maintenance idea.
- Inspect or just plain *** replace the breakline going from the ABS box to the rear. Had to replace 3 of em on older vehicles in the last few years. Luckily everyone one of them blew out in the driveway. Go figure. Short of that, carry a plug so if it blows out you can cap it at the front and limp home on front breaks.
- Idler and tensioner pulleys. Replace before any extended trip. Had a couple freeze up on me and snap the belt in short order.
- Coil wire. Had 2 of these leave me dead in the water in the last 10 years. Carry a used spare from the old plug set you should of replaced.
- Inspect/replace tranny cooler lines.
- Inspect/replace power steering lines.
- Alternator, toss up. I've had one go out towards the end of a 6000 mile road trip and got lucky enough to find a shop that had the overhead door open at 5 pm on a Sat. evening. If I had known that Cameron, MO. had an Advance Auto I would of just pulled in there and done it myself.
- Starter, see Alternator.
- Fairly new to the 2 Jeeps I have but I'm currently workin up a list of sensors that might leave me dead in the water (Idea's?). Sensors that just make you run bad.......... let em sit on the store shelf until you need em.
- Inspect/replace a basic "duh" list. Belt, hoses, tune up, new fluids and filters, new breaks, etc. Keep used belts and hoses for emergency.
Everyday I carry 2 qts. oil, 1 qt. tranny fluid, power steering fluid, break fluid, 1 gal 50/50 coolant, tire plugs, fix-a-flat, portable 12v. air compressor.
'89 YJ (MC Carb, Nuttered, 2.5" OME lift) & '98 4.0L ZJ (2" BB,KOR Rad. Support, 31" BFG 's)